Trial Opens for Detroit Cop Who Killed Girl

Trial Opens for Detroit Cop Who Killed Girl

A prosecutor has told jurors that a Detroit police officer flunked his training when he fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid in 2010.

Published September 18, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that a Detroit police officer flunked his training when he fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid in 2010.

Joseph Weekley is on trial a second time for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was sleeping on a couch during a police search for a murder suspect. A jury couldn't reach a verdict last year on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Weekley says his gun went off when Aiyana's grandmother grabbed it. Mertilla Jones denies it.

There's no dispute that Aiyana's death wasn't intentional. But prosecutor Rob Moran told jurors Thursday that Weekley shouldn't have had his finger on the trigger when he and officers stormed the home.

Defense attorney Steve Fishman says Aiyana's death was an accident — not a crime.

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(Photo: Carlos Osorio, File/AP Photo)

Written by The Associated Press

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